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Rustic Rye IPA - Bootlegger's Brewery

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Rustic Rye IPARustic Rye IPA

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 245
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 19.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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Bootlegger's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: DoubleJ on 01-31-2009

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Reviews: 103 | Hads: 245
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Modern Times pint glass
From: Hanson’s Market in San Clemente, Calif.
Price: $4.29
Purchased: July 7, 2014
Consumed: July 10, 2014
Misc.: Tons of foam poured out of the beer after I opened it

Poured a honey, orange, hazy color with six fingers of frothy, off-white head. Above average foamy layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Good-to-great retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled earthy rye hops, wet Cascade hops, cantaloupe, sweetened iced tea, green peas, light asparagus, broccoli, corn chips and some caramel notes.

Tasted a tad better than the smell, but still not that great. Got those earthy rye hops again to lead. Also buttery notes, cantaloupe, lemon grass, honey, sweetened iced tea, citrus hops, caramel, cough drops, lemon and some vegetable notes. Felt like a kind of cheap taste, but grew on me as it went down.

Medium-to-light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. Could hardly taste the alcohol.

This rye IPA really grew on me. Not too bad and a great value for the price ($4.29).

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Photo of augustgarage
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. "Rustic" suggests that the brewer lacks confidence in this beer - the dent in the bottle-cap (were these hand-capped?) further adds to the "homebrew" feel.

Safety orange liquid with some chill haze - topped by a billowing finger of off-white foam. Excellent lacing and decent retention.

Caramel, citrus, and rye flour aromas - floral and earthy but somewhat subdued.

Bitterness is assertive, though the hop flavors are not particularly complex. Tangerine, grass flowers, and floral/herbal notes combine with honey or caramel malt. The rye adds a touch of sourness in the finish almost like buckwheat.

Spritzy carbonation, not quite medium-bodied, and very "zippy" mouthfeel.

A good effort which I would be happy to have again - though not in the same league as Alpine Nelson.

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Photo of Vanlingleipa
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice, solid brew that I would hand to someone new to craft beer.

Orange-brown with a fair amount of white head that disappears after a few minutes.

Distinct, but not overwhelming scent of hops

This is not an overwhelming beer - The rye complements the hops well - They are both present at first taste with the hops coming out stronger. The rye lasts longer, hanging on to the finish as the taste fades. There's almost a smoothness to this beer, which is unusual for a hopsy beverage.

I'd bring this one to a house full of bud drinkers as an introduction to craft beer - it won't overwhelm anyone, but still has a distinctive taste, scent and body.

As for myself, I prefer bolder flavors.

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Photo of artdob
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Orange golden in the glass with a classic off-white head. Looking good.

Nose is light with yeasty easters, light lemon.

Taste - classic styling here. Very well balanced. This one goes down easy with big points in the drinkability column. Hoppiness really comes through - IPA yes. Have had other ryes in the past where the rye really dominates. While I like that extreme, not really getting that here, though the beer is quite good.

Carbonation is just north of mild. Sipping this one well chilled on a hot Southern California evening, this one hits the spot tonight. Given the solid drinkability of this beer, unfortunately my glass will soon be empty.

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Photo of dardan
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly respectable IPA, though the Rye aspect is not as pronounced as some of the competition.
A: Clear golden, good foam & lacing, sediment remained in bottle,
S: Hops with a little malt, appropriate for an IPA,
T: Hoppy but little rye character, a good example of an IPA,
M: Clean and crisp, appropriately West Coast IPA,
D: Easy to drink, slight alcohol in back may slow down some.
Not the greatest Rye IPA on the market, but good, clean taste, aroma, and IPA character make it well worth trying.

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Photo of klikger
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber served in a Goose Island IPA tulip

A - Medium to dark amber, large white head (shrinks down after a minute or two), and great lacing

S - Floral hops, rye, and oranges

T - Rye and lemony hops --> bready rye and a little black pepper --> a splash of grapefruit briefly finishes off this rye cocktail

M - Medium-bodied and adequately carbonated.

D - Inoffensive and pretty tasty. Not bad.

This is a solid rye IPA - it's not too complex, but the tastes it possesses are pulled off nicely. Definitely worth a try if you like the style.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a orangish brown with a half finger of head and left some bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. On the first whiff I was greeted by some citrusy qualities but had caramel malt presence with bready biscuit notes and faint hops in the background. The hops were a tad more potent on the palate with citrus and slight pine accents with lots of sweet caramel notes but no rye to be found. The brew was light to medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, malty, and slight hoppy finish. It drank really good and would probably be able to drink lots of this beer in one sitting making it a pretty sessionable brew.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler mason jar at the brewery. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. It maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat (rye perhaps?), and citrus hops. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus hop, and slight bitter hop. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this wasn't bad, but this was not great. It was nicely balanced in flavor, but it just seemed to be lacking something... The rye/wheat taste perhaps??? It had a pretty good aroma though. Would definitely be happy to try this one again.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orwngish brown. A nice amount of light tan head. Very frothy and nice. Smells sweet with a touch of rye spice. Some pine on the nose as well. Tastes sweet and well balanced the rye spice is a bit underwhelming and the hops are not very prominent but overall a fairly solid brew

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Photo of rtaps
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours amber in color with about a finger and a half white frothy head. medium retention leaving spotty lacing around the glass

citrus hop aroma and some spice from the rye, and a little florally.

has a nice hoppy notes not over powering but definitely there. rye spice hints of fruit.

light bodied med-high carbonation leaving the mouth nice and watery.

overall this beer was exactly what a expected. enjoyable, and i like how the hops and spice was blended.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a dark amber hue. Over two fingers of tan, fluffy head is achieved with a moderate pour. The head is slowly dissipating, leaving decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Slight hops, floral, citrus [i.e. grapefruit], and sweet maltiness. Honestly, it also smells quite literally just like marijuana (after a few big intakes of the nose, one can most definitely smell the "dankness" to this drink).

Taste - Flavor smells similar to the nose but overall muted. It is a bit sweeter than most other IPAs but not in a way that detracts from the overall drink. Not much rye can be found after numerous sips. There is plenty of grapefruit, sweet malts, and pine. Not horrible by any means but just nothing that really jumps out at you.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty quaffable. This is by no means a bad IPA, however, as someone else stated previously, for the price there is no reason to buy it. For the same price I could have opted to get a Blind Pig which was right next to this (but I wanted to try something new). Again, I'm glad I tried it but with so many other great West Coast D/IPA's out there, I won't be getting this again.

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Photo of Anaz
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy red orange, 2 fingers of white head with little lacing.

S- Orange flower water and meyer zest with rye spiciness, and some herbal hop character.

T- Very malty, a little sweet. Kind of like a rye bread with candied citrus zest. Not bad, but balanced in favor of the malt rather than being hop forward. Floral and herbaceous hop flavors marry well with the rye spice, and the lingering malt sweetness results in an almost neutral finish after being tempered by the hop bitterness, which makes this very easy to drink. The mouthfeel is very full, and a little syrupy and oily, but it's not cloying. The carbonation is low.

This is a very drinkable rye IPA with good flavor, but not a lot of intensity. I'd really like it if it was a little drier, but, it's still a good beer and a good reason to support a local brewery.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a frothy 2 finger slightly off white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Nose is not what I expected. Quite lacking especially in the hop department. Slight spicy leathery notes with a little pale malt.

The flavor is a perfect representation of the name minus it saying IPA on the bottle. Again lacking a bit of a hop characteristic. But everything else is great. Nice spicy and earthy rye notes with mild fruit and a touch of citrus. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a mild zesty spiciness, crisp with medium carbonation.

Overall it's a nice very drinkable beer. Lacking in hop notes and characteristics for an IPA, but good. They need bottle dates to determine if that's the reason for the lack of hops. I do recommend this for the nice rye spiciness and earthiness that is really nice.

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Photo of ottovon
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a nice coppery-orange color with a fluffy, white head. leaves lacing down the glass.

S: i get caramel malts, bread, some citrusy hops and orange peel. there is a bit of peppery spiciness in the nose as well.

T: caramel malt, citrus hops, and some spiciness. i get orange and some straw in the flavor. finish bitter and semi-dry.

M: it has a nice medium-thin body that sort of coats the tongue. a little resinous.

D: this is a good beer, that i could drink more of.

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Photo of roodie
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my Duvel tulip. Thanks to cardinal79 for sending me this awesome extra!

A: pours a amber/gold brown with 3 fingers of pillowy white head, lots of lacing remains.

S: smells of grassy hops and sweet malts, the rye smell reminds me of a pastrami sandwich sans pastrami

T: very pleasant hoppy bitterness, muted by the malts, moderately sweet and caramelly, but the star is the rye taste adding a bitter breadiness to the flavor profile

M: very smooth, malts and hops mellow each other with a perfect velvety coat on my palate

O: a great brew, haven't had it on tap but plan to next time I'm in OC.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear, golden amber, with a huge light tan head that leaves tons of spiderweb lacing and takes a while to dissipate.

Smells of grapefruit pith, warm malts and some rye as well.

Taste is not quite as big, lightly bitter pith throughout, with a rye aftertaste. The two go well together, but the flavors are a little understated.

Texture is light-medium bodied, a light bite, with a semi long dry finish. Medium drinkability, I probably wouldn't want more than one or two of these.

The taste is somewhat lacking in actual hop flavor, as the only aspect is the citrus pith. Other than that, it's what it says it is, and does a pretty good job of it.


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Photo of mr-jj
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at congregation ale house

Slightly hazy gold color, aroma of pine and rye bread, taste is balanced. Rye is present but not overwhelming, moderate bitter finish, smooth mouth feel.

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Photo of hopdog
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in trade with Hophead22 (thanks!).

Poured a Medium and slightly hazy amberish-orangish color with an averaged sized off white head. Armoas of rye, grains, a little earthy, and citrus. Tastes of rye, grains, citrus, ans some caramel. Had a light tart and sour finish that I too liked.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with a small white head. In the aroma, dry rye and a hint of hops. In the taste, a small hop and a small rye fruitiness. A small hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry green apple skin in the aftertaste. A nice rye presence, but small hop than expected.

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely dark amber in the tulip glass. Nice foam and pleasing carbonation in the mouth. Modest aroma of browned barley with some bread.

Medium body with a rich, spicy flavor. Just the right amount of rye to give it that sharp grainy taste with a touch of perfume.

Hops provide a fairly bitter backdrop. Like an IPA but restrained enough to make the hops a deep part of the flavor profile without stealing the show. Resiny taste along with the browned biscuits and spicy tang. Nice malty flavor provides good balance.

Compares favorably with the tasty Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye, I think. From the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first beer from Bootlegger's.

Pours a hazy dark golden color. Lacing is pretty looking good so far.

First smell was a blast of apple/cider. Upon stronger whiffs, I think it's the rye and/or yeast character playing tricks with me. Very different smelling than other rye beers I have had.

Was not expecting this taste at all. I can only describe it as a creamy rye, with a hint of hop bitterness at the end. But this beer is all biscuit malt and rye.

Medium mouthfeel. Slightly syrupy even. This is a nicely bodied beer.

Very drinkable. It's smooth and tasty. Rye is one of my favorite ingredients. If I were grading this beer according to style, it would fall flat on it's face. Not even close to an IPA. However if you like rye, give it a shot.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy orange amber color with thin head; nice spiderweb of lacing left on glass mug. Nose of sweet juicy fruit gum ending on a botanical spiciness. Spicy kick of rye is up front on the palate with resiny, grapefruit and pine hop flavor. Ends on a sweet caramel and chocolate note. Aggressively carbonated with a medium thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of vande
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a few bottles form a co-worker whose brother flew out this way to visit..with some spare room in the luggage :)

A ~ Amber, bit cloudiness...but a nice glow to it

S ~ citrus hops & rye blend....a bit of malts mixed in with a waft of orange/coriander?

T ~ pretty good...reminded me of Cane & Ebel and Founders RyePA...tasty...essentailly a blend of what one smells

M ~ medium to thin bodied beer that allows the carbonate to roll down the palate..

O ~ I thought it was a pretty good Rye P. A. Definitely enjoyed their Knuckle Sandwich more, but nice to try their other offerings none the less.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy amber with a goodsize two inch plus head on the top, decent retention as it stayed around

bitter citrus hops. Tones of grapefruit and tangerine dominated the brew. Not much room for anything else in there. A bit of sugar, orange peel, huge hoppy bitter bite right out of the gate, good dry finish. Lots of resiney grapefruit tones throughout, a touch of sugar trying to balance out the hops, but it was not really going anywhere. Huge hops, huge bitter, BIG IPA.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Fairly clear honey, near white head, stays for some time. Cling lace pretty evident.

S - Light smell, malt and spice.

T - Rye is nice, mixed with sweet malt.

M - Nice mix between the sweet and the grainier, spicy rye.

D - Very easy to drink. I think I like this one.

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Rustic Rye IPA from Bootlegger's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.